Thinking Of Leaving Teaching

Thinking Of Leaving Teaching? Here’s What To Do Instead.

Thinking Of Leaving Teaching

There is no doubt that teaching can be one of the most rewarding careers of them all, and I’m all for qualified teachers sticking with it and doing the things they were trained to do – educating and supporting children to learn and grow into intelligent well-rounded adults – but I also understand that teaching isn’t always for everyone.

In recent years, a lot of teachers, old and new have started to become disillusioned with the job, not usually because of the kids, who they love, but because of the paperwork, targets and heavy workloads that are being imposed on them.

If your workload as a teacher is making you stressed out or sick and your heart simply isn’t in it anymore, not only will it be bad for you, but your kids you teach will pick up on it, and it could affect them too. If that’s the case, no one would blame you for thinking about a career change, but what else can you do?

As a teacher, you have a good education and a whole lot of marketable skills which you can leverage to find an exciting career. You’ll even be able to keep working with kids if you want to! Here are just some of the best options that ex-teachers might want to consider as an alternative career:


Teachers tend to be a caring bunch overall. They like helping people and feeling like they’ve made a real difference in people’s lives – that is what often attracts them to the job in the first place. If that was true of you, then you might want to seriously consider retraining as a nurse. Yes, you’ll have to retrain, and you’ll still have to put in some serious hours, but actually, the workload doesn’t have to be as big as it is now when you’re teaching, and you will be able to immediately see the good you do, which isn’t always possible as a teacher. Just look at the role of a nursery nurse at to see how rewarding a career as a nurse can be. It really is a worthwhile career, and once you’re qualified, you’ll be able to find work almost anywhere in the world.

Educational Liaison Positions

If you’re dedicated to education and improving the lives of teachers and pupils for the better, but you simply don’t want to teach anymore, there are a number of supportive education liaison roles that you could apply for and which may suit you better. Your experience as a teacher will certainly help you to excel in positions where you have to recruit or train teachers or liaise between higher education institutes and training centres and schools.


Tutoring is another good option for teachers thinking of switching careers because it is very similar to teaching, but it is much more flexible and a lot less admin-heavy. There are thousands of parents in this country and in fact across the world. Looking for qualified tutors to help their kids improve their grades and meet their goals. There are also plenty of adults who are looking for tutors to help them retake GCSEs or get new qualifications at night school, so there is plenty of work to be had, and you can usually set your own schedule, so you only have to work exactly when you want to. Sometimes, you can even tutor over the internet, using apps like Skype, which makes this one of the most convenient alternative careers for teachers there is.

Teaching English Abroad

If you’re a teacher, and particularly if you’re an English teacher, it’s fairly easy to get work teaching English as a foreign language. You might think that if you’re going to do this, then you might as well keep teaching here, but teaching English as a foreign language is a very different prospect. For example, you can work freelance setting your own hours, or you can work for a company for just a few hours a day, and you certainly won’t have nearly as many responsibilities as you do now. You can just teach your classes and then go home. That’s it.

A Museum Educator

If you actually love the teaching part of teaching, but you can no longer cope with all of the extra stuff that teachers are expected to do, becoming a museum educator could be the perfect career move for you. You’ll still get to spend your days teaching kids, getting them fired up about history and art, but you won’t have to spend your evenings marking homework, setting lesson plans or completing admin. You can find out more about what you’ll be expected to do as a museum educator at, but before you decide whether it would be a good fit for you, try to visit museums to watch other educators work, or even better, volunteer in the role to see how much you like it, or not.

Educational Sales Rep

There are literally thousands of businesses who sell primarily to schools and colleges. So, if you’re looking to do something completely different, becoming an educational product sales rep could be quite lucrative. You will have a definite advantage coming from a teaching background because you will actually know what you’re talking about, and you’ll probably have a good idea how best to sell products to schools, which means you could make a lot of money, especially if there is a commission element to the job. However, you might have to retrain in a business-related field, but that shouldn’t be too difficult, and most of these companies would be thrilled to have a teacher working with them.


Fostering certainly isn’t for everyone, and welcoming your home to children isn’t something you should take lightly, but if you genuinely love children and you’re willing to care for them when they’re at their most vulnerable, it can be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Obviously, there’s a pretty extensive vetting process that you have to go through before you can be signed off as a foster carer, but being a teacher will probably help, and you will be doing one of the most important jobs there is.


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the possibility of becoming a full-time blogger. As a teacher, you probably have a pretty firm grasp of the English language, and I’m sure you have lots of wisdom and a few choice opinions that you wouldn’t mind sharing with the world, so why not give it a go?

You might want to start building your blog before you quit your job, just to see if it takes off because blogging for a full-time income isn’t easy and it won’t always happen, but if the idea appeals to you, give it a try and see where it goes. Many people are living very well of the proceeds their blogs, and there’s no reason why you couldn’t do the same with a bit of effort.

One of the biggest advantages of blogging is that you can do it from anywhere in the world, so if you’ve always dreamed of travelling across South East Asia or spending a  year in the South of France, once you have a profitable blog on the go, there’s nothing to stop you from doing it!

Of course, these are just a few ideas, which make sense for teachers. There is no reason why you couldn’t do something completely different like becoming an artist or a banker. Take some time to think about what you really love, how your skills can be applied to your passions and which jobs will give you the highest levels of happiness and security and take it from there.

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